tv [untitled] August 31, 2012 5:00am-5:30am EDT
dig dig dig. all. clash of the tide turns out a london court will give its a multi-billion dollar legal battle between two russian oligarchs living in britain a case full of accusations of dirty dealings and threat. pushes before it makes sense to intervene in syria to protect civilians as a briton fuses through laos taking action beyond the glad security council.
also series one of the topics in truth in our song has the latest interview the whistleblower promises made weekly leaks revelations and claims the media's when many people aged over what's happening. on the world news the rumpole the us republican kinds of promises to show run for more but if he wins the election but faces criticism himself for flip flopping on. this is all see coming to live from moscow hello and welcome to the program the multibillion trial that her doc you say greed and desire to stay as well as allegations of threats signed by dr evil will come to an end in london court in a few hours russian businessman roman abramovich the billionaire chelsea football club owner and south exiled russian tycoon but respect both living in the u.k.
will hear a verdict today also is laura smith is in london. this will bring to it a case open dog. the secret world of the only guards with all it entails unimaginable sums of money offshore bank accounts illicit payment. luxury cruises and deals done with only a handshake in five star hotels and ski resorts it's brought to the london call to squabbling billionaires and their own suraj expensive lawyers menacing bodyguards and beautiful women it's a trial where both men have accused the other of corruption and greed the main points of the case that is the old skis says he lost billions of dollars when abbott imo bit intimidated him into selling his stakes in russian oil and metals businesses for a fraction of their value but output imo but says it is not scheme never owned any
shares and that the payments he received were protection money or krishna a word that's now freely bandied about in legal circles here in the u.k. as a result of this case out imo bitch those he made regular undocumented payments to be in return for political protection totaling several hundred million dollars with amounts of five million handed over in commerce he also says each page of that is also key to travel in a private jets little him a french chefs and jewelry for his girlfriend and the son at stake more than family billion dollars what but it's all ski feels he's on top of the one point two billion he was paid in two thousand and two the civil trial one of the biggest in british legal history came to an end in january and involved hundreds of hours of court time and millions in legal fees chewed in for the verdict between now but imo
it should but his dogs eat later. and of course there is more nor the twists and turns in this case as well as comment on the analysis on our website ask you to call. the ones the un security council to set up a safe zone within syria to protect civilians fleeing a move that would effectively require military intervention given russia and china's opposition to unarmed involvement as syria's affairs britain made it clear that foreign nations could bypass the council to implement the idea western powers are already discussing the future of syria without its current leadership marina brains as the details from new york. well the security council remains very much divided over how to deal with the syrian crisis the high level meeting that was taking place in new york focused on the humanitarian circumstances in syria right now and how they continue to exacerbate according to u.n. officials at least two hundred twenty nine thousand syrians have fled the country
in the past eighteen months spilling over to neighboring countries turkey has the security council to consider setting up refugee camps inside of syria outside countries would safeguard this is a suggestion that the syrian government say they are very much against russia and china also opposed it saying that it could only create more conflict and violence so clearly you have a very complicated situation here but we did hear western countries address the security council their representatives calling once again for syrian president bashar al assad to step down britain and france the foreign ministers of those countries today made a new call encouraging for more defections within the syrian government and the syrian military the russian ambassador to the united nations vitaly churkin did address the security council and raised the issue of the fact that the unilateral sanctions that western countries including the us britain and france those
sanctions that they've placed on syria are only hurting the syrians that that was up on the stool the sinkings imposed by passing the u.n. security council have nothing to do with actual efforts to settle the syrian crisis complicate the lives of average citizens and do not allow them to meet their elementary meads or fully enjoy basic human rights this is not only our conclusion but also that of an independent commission in syria we call upon nations who impose sanctions against syria to immediately lift them to see the efforts of certain states to use humanitarian reasons to justify financial technical and logistical support to illegally armed groups as on the. but the u.s. and its western allies have underscored as late as this eat this meeting taking place security council that they will continue supporting the syrian opposition and continue providing them with a quick meant. for more of the situation around syria we spoke to professor paul
shoulder fruit of california state university who specializes in middle east and i thought has believes the u.s. and its allies are using the humanitarian situation in syria to pursue their day in the region. it's a pretext it's still another way to divide and take over the country using the united nations as your vehicle is unfortunately a repetition of what happened in libya or the united nations being used but both or both case their playbook worked in libya they were drawing the same playbook and no it doesn't work anymore there is no desire by. the west nailed you have a negotiated settlement the oldest purpose of this exercise is to make sure that there is no competition in the middle east for life well such as by way of syria you wrote in other places all these other things are excuses to claim that they care one bit about humanitarian concerns as it is
a gross. and also we can make sense planning to plunge into the syrian debate with gillette asylum promising millions of related emails all the published and arrange to view the whistleblower gave to a part of latin american t.v. now he also pointed to a clear many people nation of the media over the syrian conflict also defenders that we can make sex abuse he's saying that on unlike us actions in afghanistan and iraq no one was hurt as a result of their websites publications he said he has a have a board all sold information and insisted everything his website ever revealed it was the truth also touched upon surveillance via the internet suggesting the u.s. maintains its plane at what through google it was a blow at me says he may have to spend from six months take care holed up in ecuador's london embassy until there's a diplomatic solution also we didn't drop the case against him. to head for you this hour germany brings out the old guns some doing marks still in the piggy bank
to cover some of the german economy's a shortfall. and in the business bulletin later this hour china suggests boosting biological trade with russia. by incorporating deals in the national currencies the story and more in less than ten minutes. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture. wealthy british style some time to.
first. date. this is also the welcome back to the u.s. now where the republican candidate for the presidency me troll me has been laying out his case for all that is it hot some strong views which good war is some nations but he's now got such a reputation for changing his stance on a shoes it's hard to know exactly where he stands on anything as he is again extra counties here to tell us. mitt romney is now officially barack obama's opponent for the white house and he's talking tough you know throwing rocks verbal rocks not
only at the president but also with nations at the republican convention where he accepted his nomination mr romney told did not fail to once again highlight his any masorti towards russia he criticized the president for not being hard enough in his view on russia when it comes to missile defense he referred to president obama's hot mike moment when the president told me that amid a bit of that he would be more flexible to discuss the issue after the election mitt romney says under his administration quote mr putin will see less flexibility and more backbone and of quote and of course that adds up to his earlier statements that russia is america's number one geopolitical enemy that they need to reset the reset that's actually what he says on the website is part of mitt romney's foreign policy agenda so yes a lot of tough talk i heard experts say that's how mitt romney comes makes up for lack of charisma what's interesting about the backbone comment is that mitt romney
himself is often characterized as lacking the backbone as he has flip flopped on so many issues like abortion he was for abortion before he was against it or illegal immigration when he was for giving them legal status then he was for deporting them mitt romney is full of flaws have been widely discussed and endless source of inspiration to comedians and well this one is from the tonight show with jay leno he says mitt romney and hurricane isaac have something in common they can both change directions that any moment there are tons of jokes about mitt romney and his backbone issues apparently one way of showing some backbone for him is this kind of tough talk you know full of threats we'll see how far it will take him in this november election. have been keen to mention american supremacy and its responsibilities in the world in that campaigns but is the country still the
greatest power in the world or is that just election dartrey that's the topic of hate a discussion in today's crosstalk coming up with later this hour. if you look at a very well known clip from h.b.o.'s program newsroom. just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day there are some things you should know and one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world we're seventeen literacy twenty seventh and twenty second in science forty ninth in life expectancy one hundred seventy eight and infant mortality thirty median household income number four and labor force the number four in our exports we lead the world in only three categories number of incarcerated citizens per capita number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending a lot of the facts mentioned there are correct ok they're easy to find and they've been known for a long time now is america still number one there's a there's a gradual decline john quincy adams said when he was secretary of state an eight hundred twenty one before was president that we could be dictators of the world
what our policy would then shift from a policy of liberty and freedom to a policy of domination and control and now we are a country that's lost its way and it's not because we may not be number one in the amount of arms we sell you know we felt about three quarters of all the arms abroad or have the greatest military power but because we lost our moral stature and values of who we are as a people. with the eurozone seeking a sign that shall save yeah europe's biggest hater. they turned chancellor is in china clutching billions in contracts to be signed and they train pounds could not aid from the european council on foreign relations believes china is a country worth spending some time with to make friends. the big hope in europe is
that the chinese would invest in some of the new vehicles that have been crazy like the european stability mechanism. the chinese. offer lots of words of support today and yesterday but not much in the way of concrete promises to buy bonds in any case the chinese don't tend to make their bond purchases public so we don't know for example how much the chinese invested in european bones in the last two years since the euro crisis began anyway and we probably won't know so there's a lot of there's a lot of uncertainty about in the case of a bus but we see this is a european company and so it will benefit not just germany but also france and other countries in europe but lots of the deals that have been signed. off of the german companies are all going to european companies and in that sense there is
a competition going on between germany and other european countries and mostly germany seems to be winning that competition one other way germany differs from their rest of the union and its old currency be. not only credible but still and. has the details of berlin's old school savings. here in germany the don't trot is still very much alive and kicking in fact in the store in central berlin the good old they market is still accepted as legal tender when it comes to purchases with an exchange rate of around two dollars each marks to the euro the store's manager says that there's still enough of the old currency around to warrant them taking it was on the name of three the reason we accept bill which marks is there are still plenty of people with the old currency we get quite a few people wanting to spend them in our store for us for it's not just in shops that they're accepted if you find a few demarche coins down the back of the sofa germany's public telephones will
happily take them off your hands germany they surely dropped the old money for the euro over ten years ago in two thousand and eleven alone though over eight million marks were brought to the bundesbank to be changed into crisp new currency but where is that cash coming from. he had to doesn't have any one of my ugly relatives gave me the school and it's a gift so i decided to turn them into something it could spend on television. we've had them lying around the house for ages we've only just got around to getting democrats changed or there are those though who say they won't part with their marks as a minister yeah i've got some i keep them as a souvenir i'm not going to change them into europe and according to the blunders bank there's still more than thirteen billion dollars each marks in circulation they say they get returns from as far away as brazil and new zealand so unlike some
eurozone members the bank won't place a time limit on accepting old money. so we will continue to take them as long as people keep bringing them it's something of a tradition here that currency from years and years ago will always be exchanged for legal tender there are conspiracy theorists though he. say that in the bank's bolt's trillions of marks being stockpiled should the euro crisis deepen only only rumors so if the cash that's returned isn't being kept for a rainy day what happens to it and once the exchange is complete those deutsche marks the shredded ending their days as very expensive confetti feature all of a r.t. . and of course you can find plenty more stories on our website it's up to you dot com and here's a taste of all the cool that every. bloody misdirection not to approach is
to find out why the russian big league to really double. and also going to find that sports results a cake recipe or maybe the latest updates on the u.s. military drone attacks all available with a new i phone and i. and some other stories making headlines around the world this hour two hundred seventy south african miners have been charged with the murder of thirty four of their colleagues despite the fact it was the police that charge the national prosecutor's office was only open fire because they were under turned by all the protesters more than one hundred fifty of the miners being held claiming to have been beaten up in custody the killings at a strike earlier this month became the bloodiest incident since the fall of the
apartheid regime. the banter going to is threatening legal action over a book describing the details of the seal raid that killed osama bin laden in may last year the department of defense says the also is a former u.s. navy officer has violated agreements not to divulge military secrets the book published next week apparently contradicts the official account award. cabin staff for drawing an ally. began a strike at the country's busiest airport in frankfurt they age our industrial action has already caused the cancellation of more than one hundred fifty flights staff want to improve pay and working conditions and guarantees jobs won't be outsourced. time now cross over to the business desk natasha china is insisting on switching to national currencies in my letter trade right
absolutely it is suggesting that and to the russian authorities and long have long been calling for trading in the national currencies as well the details of the story in just a couple of minutes but first let's go straight to the european markets and see what's going on there and what we're seeing is a pretty upbeat picture following nobody below the line higher metal prices really helps the miners on the footsie and in germany the banking sector is outperforming the dax this hour traders actually anticipate a speech by the fed reserve chairman ben bernanke you later in the day the markets for the most part i'm not really expecting bernanke get to announce any stimulus measures but they're looking for some clarity one of european union's a few growth stories poland is feeling the squeeze of the downturn the country's second quarter growth eased to two point four percent the lowest in about three years and significantly below the forecast poland's g.d.p.
kept expanding over the past few years while much of the e.u. showed negative growth but a series of gloomy economic indicators show that the so-called economic miracle is coming to an end. and day here in moscow the markets are remaining in the positive territory read gaining some ground they lost on thursday when stocks fell to the lowest in more than a week the r.t.s. is up more than half a percent this hour the movers among the blue chips include positive was shares of pretty upbeat it will start assembling the new version of the popular we know logan next year flagship air carrier air flight to is down its passenger traffic grows by a quarter in the first seven months and. a year vodka judging by the way the stock is trading down it's not really pressing investors and no most bank is regaining is
gaining around sixteen percent of reports that a financial cooperation. is thinking of buying out of the bank pretty have to get their whole were proved hurt the equities on thursday dropping to achieve a weak kolo after a worries about hurricane isaac subsided pulled now seeing a pretty upbeat picture crude is demonstrating pretty hefty gains this hour on the currency markets the euro dollar pair is trading pretty much watch the sour the russian ruble is. gaining to the currency basket this hour and the privatization of russia's state assets could soon go online the state has agreed the terms of selling its properties through electronic auctions analysts say this would make the privatization process easier and more transparent but online sales don't exclude privatizing state assets through war traditional means and say with high tech
sector russia's a largest free email service mail dot ru has bought out its ukrainian namesake mail dot you say the companies didn't disclose the financial details of the deal but analysts say it's probably around a half a billion dollars the move should boost mail daughter use position in ukraine a country where it's already pretty popular. and china wants to boost its cross border trade with its partners in you want its national currency beijing already uses it one trading with hong kong which has the hong kong dollars and also singapore but it hopes what in america and the middle east could be next russia has long been advocating moving away from the dollar and trading in the national currencies. hong kong financial secretary john tsang explains how all of this could work out. what is happening now is a great deal of trace element in the national currency so in
terms of for example between russia and china they would be doing a lot of settlement in un or in ruble this way you can weigh reduce the currency risk that may incur and that it's already happening i think we should expect to see a lot more of that as these two currencies become at some stage currency for for the rest of the world. reducing the currency risk there's always a good idea how hungry actually it's paying for that update now on yvonne when our top stories in just a couple of. this
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